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Great Blue Lobelia

Great Blue Lobelia

Regular price $3.50 Sale

Lobelia siphilitica

Origin: Eastern North America

Improvement status: Wild

Seeds per packet: ~100


Lifecycle: Perennial

Also called "blue cardinal flower," Great Blue Lobelia is a gorgeous eastern North American native wildflower with a long history of medicinal use. It was traditionally used for a range of ailments, from the minor (colds, fevers, diarrhea, stomach complaints, headaches) to the major (dysentary, edema, treatment-resistent sores, and sexually transmitted diseases, including — as its botanical name indicates — syphilis). One source states that some Native Americans believed that if the crushed roots were secretly added to the food of an arguing couple it would prevent them from separating. The plant thrives in sun or shade, but definitely prefers moist soil. Native pollinators absolutely love it, including hummingbirds. Considered a short-lived perennial, it will self-seed if you give it half a chance. Hardy between Zones 4 and 9.

GROWING TIPS: Seeds need 60 days cold moist stratification.

Our seeds come from Aaron Parker of Edgewood Nursery in Maine.